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Eagle's Big Left Turn
Join Jeanne and Tom now that we have prepared our Freeport Islander SV Eagle to sail on an adventure from the PNW to smaller latitudes.
A walk, some birds and a great little helper
Tom
04/27/2012, Bahia Agua Verde

This morning after breakfast, I decided to kayak into the town area, in order to try to get a few pictures of some birds I had spotted while we were on our way to the tienda yesterday. I had a very nice easy kayak to the sandy beach, pulled the kayak up above the high tide line and set out to find some birds. I found the usual cast of characters, the Cactus Wrens, Gray Thrashers, House Sparrows, White Wing Doves, and Hooded Orioles. The new bird for today was the Phainopepla. This is a Flycatcher, about the size of a robin, with a very prominent crest on their heads.

As I wandered around looking for birds, i encountered several locals, mostly adults who really didn't care what I was doing, but I said hello and tried to explain my actions....Hola, Mi Photographica Pajaro (hello I am photographing birds) They all smile, nod nicely and keep wandering along. The kids were a different story. they all want to see the camera, and the pictures I have taken. One little boy was especially helpful pointing out birds to me with great excitement. I thought that I had sufficiently bored him as at one point he just walked away. With in a few minutes he was back!! With a bird for me to take a picture of!! He had gone home and brought me his chicken. He seemed very proud of the bird, so I shot a few pictures and thanked him. He nodded with a huge smile, and headed back home. I have been laughing about it all day!!

04/29/2012 | Dean & Lynn Ducharme
Tom, what a great chicken story! You just have to love the children and their excitment over the smallest things! We are still smiling having read the story earlier.
A short run, and clouds
Tom and Jeanne
04/25/2012, Bahia Agua Verde

After listening to the 7:45 AM weather on the Ham radio, we made the decision to leave Punta San Marte and head to one of the favorite destinations in the Sea of Cortez....Bahia Agua Verde. This medium sized, protected harbor has not one but two tiendas, a small cantina and a goat dairy!! There is lots of hiking, and snorkeling....but we don't know about the fishing yet.

today is our first day of any cloud cover since we left La Paz, and it is pretty solid. The shade is nice, but the humidity goes thru the roof! It is just plain sticky....time for a swim.

This should be our last stop before we go into Puerto Escondido for Loreto Fest. At that point we will have some real live internet service and can post some of the gazillon pictures we have taken in the last 6 weeks.

More later after we do some exploring of the area

04/27/2012 | Dean & Lynn Ducharme
From "Bird-Nerd" to "Pro Fishermen"!!! We are truley impressed! Save some for us.
still catching fish
Tom and Jeanne
04/24/2012, Bahia San Marte

We are both having an unbelievable time fishing down here. The number and variety of fish we are catching is pretty impressive.

Jeanne has threatened me with fish three times a day for the next two weeks!! Right now it is pretty close to twice a day any how! So far I have been able to keep fish out of our breakfast menu. It is a good thing that Jeanne likes to cook fish and has a bunch of way to prepare it.

Yesterday we fished for about an hour and kept 4 fish, one really huge trigger fish almost 24 inches long, one Panama Graysby, and two Gray-bar Grunts, all of which are excellent eating. This morning we tried a couple of new areas, with a little less success. We only kept two large Graysbys and 1 Mojarra Grunt in nearly 4 hours of fishing. This evening after dinner, yes fish, I jumped in the dinghy and made a quick pass along the reef that fronts the bay we are anchored in. On the first pass I caught two Green Jurel, a small 16-18 inch tuna. I called` Jeanne on the radio, but she had already seen me catching fish, had changed cloths, gotten her gear ready and was standing on the deck of the boat waiting for me to come get her!! In the next 20 minutes we caught 4 more, for a total of three a piece. We stopped by our neighbor boat M.V. Island Grace, a Nordhaven 46 with Dale and Trudy, from Poulsbo Wa and gave them a couple of the Jurel.

Tomorrow I am pretty sure we are going hiking!!

04/27/2012 | Carol Dabdub
Hi, A member of the Puget Sound Sailing Club here in Seattle told us about you guys. We live in Seattle and our big left turn will be Summer 2013. We have a Hardin 44. I got very jealous when I started reading your blog :-). Any advice you can give us would be appreciated. Thanks!
Here for a few days
Tom and Jeanne
04/22/2012, Bahia San Marte

We had a very uneventful sail from San Telmo to San Marte this morning, with flat calm seas, virtually no wind and 75 degrees at 9:00 AM. we saw lots of fish, dolphins and Manta rays. I got to see the largest Manta I have ever seen as we sailed right past it. It was huge!!

I am writing this at 5:30 PM local time, and it is 89 inside the Cabin and 90 outside. We just got back from a long snorkel, where we saw a few less species, but many much larger fish than yesterdays trip. Some of the larger grouper and Pargo are well over three feet long. I guess I better get a spear gun!!

Jeanne pulled out a couple of Mahi-Mahi steaks to grill for our dinner, along with some rice and a canned veggie of some sort. we are pretty much out of most fresh salad type veggies, just having potatoes, onions and cabbage left.

We have planned on staying here for 3 or 4 days, and then moving on to Aqua Verde for a few days We will keep sending notes on the Ham radio until we get to some internet service....probably May 1st.

04/23/2012 | Melodee
I stumbled on your site a few weeks ago and have checked in regularly to enjoy every word you write, every scene you describe. We had an Island Packet 27 we moored in Edmonds and would have LOVED taking her south. As it is, we gave up sailing for an '87 VW Westfalia that currently satisfies our quest for random adventures. Perhaps someday we'll get back on the water. Thank you both for sharing your life. Oh, and Jeanne, SPECTACULAR pictures. You certainly have an artist's eye.
Our day today.......
Tom and Jeanne
04/21/2012, Punta San Telmo

.....was pretty awesome! After short sail from Los Gatos, we got the anchor set, had a nice breakfast and did a few minor chores. This was followed by a short siesta, something i have nearly perfected. We got the kayaks put in the water, and just as we were getting ready to get into the kayaks, we had a visit from nearly 25 Bottle Nose Dolphins, swimming right up to the boat. Jeanne jumped into her kayak, and paddled out to them. They swam around her, with in 6-8 feet, all while I was back on the boat taking pictures!

After they left we continued on our planned kayak trip around the bay. We visited a few small sandy beaches, found a few cool shells and took a few pictures.

When we got back to the boat, it was`time to get the snorkel gear out, and explore the reef that was right behind the stern of the boat. This reef set an all new standard for me with the incredible colors, both in the plants as well as the fish. We saw a couple of kinds of rays, at least 30 kind of different fish, including Pargo, triggerfish, Hawkfish, chubs, grunts, Mexican Goatfish, 3 kinds of Pufferfish, Snapper, Sargent major, trunkfish, Wrasse, Sheepshead, Moray Eel, Bullseye Pufferfish, Porcupine Fish...there where more, but you get the idea.

We got back to the boat for a nice hot shower, a dinner of pasta with red sauce, cheese bread and a we opened our last bottle of nice red wine. Tonight we will try ti stay up late enough to enjoy the peak of the meteor showers that start tonight around midnight!

A short hop
Tom and Jeanne
04/21/2012, Ounta San Telmo

Just before breakfast we made the short hop (2 miles) around the point from Los Gatos to the small bay called Punta San Telmo. This really nothing more than a small bay formed by a long rocky point, or reef. A good portion of the reef is covered by water at the higher parts of the tides.

Just as we sailed into the bay, Jim and Chrissy Hodges on their sailboat Loomba Loomba were sailing out, heading north. They are from Rollingbay on Bainbridge Island. At one point we had six boats in Los Gatos, with three from the Seattle area, and three from Oregon. A complete PNW fleet!

We did hook a fish this morning on the run over here, but threw it back. it was a Mexican Houndfish, about 3 feet long. After throwing it back, we had second thoughts as it might have been ok to eat. We have so much fish right now we can be at least a little picky.

We only plan on staying here over night and then sailing the 14 miles up to Bahia San Marte with the predicted southerly winds tomorrow.

Manana

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